Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Leuchtenberg Parure

The main piece is a diamond and sapphire tiara consisting of honeysuckle flowers and leaves, centred with large oval diamonds and topped by seven rectangular cut sapphire clusters. The sapphires can be replaced by pearls. The tiara is part of a parure, consisting of a tiara, necklace, earrings and brooch. The set had been a wedding gift from Napoleon I to his stepson Eugene de Beauharnais.

Queen Josephine of Sweden inherited this set in 1851, upon her mother's death.

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